Ipe-wrapped garage

The garage is done!


After yesterday’s recap, I don’t have a ton of words for you today. I’m basically in awe of the finished project, and you don’t need some cheesy “OMG!” exclamation after each shot. But rest assured that every time I scroll through this post, that’s what’s going through my head. Let’s take a look at some before and after shots.


























I am beyond in love with this project. It’s a far cry from where things were just a year and a half ago…




As with any project, “done” is a relative term. The garage (it’s crazy to call it that) still needs a handle on the door and electrical. We also have some big plans for the space between the garage (!!!) and firehouse, which we’ve dubbed the courtyard. Hopefully, we’ll tackle some of those update when the weather cools down in the fall. We also have some excess ipe that is destined for furniture! For now, I just want to drag a chair outside and stare at this beauty all day long.

  1. Looks awesome! Great job, Aaron! The fence is even coming along to it’s desired final look! Can’t wait to see it in person!

    1. Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Anne! The “after” pictures really make it worth it!

  2. Wow! It looks really terrific!
    Did you mention your source for the ipe? how did you treat it?

    1. Thanks, Bunny! We ordered almost all our materials from Advantage Lumber. There are more details in this post: http://afirepoleinthediningroom.com/2014/06/11/how-to-build-a-horizonal-ipe-fence/
      We treated it with ipe oil. We’ll have to wash and re-treat it every 5 or so years to keep the color. Overall, it’s fairly low maintenance.

  3. Holy crap, that’s a difference! It must bug you so much that the telephone pole doesn’t match the beautiful wood of the garage. Can we get a post about how the garage looks on the inside? Did you guys have to install any lighting in it? Or are you planning to install any on the outside?

    1. Ha! The pole didn’t bug me before… but now… lol!
      I can get a shot of the inside for the next post. It’s nothing special in there. Right now the only lights are from the garage door openers. After we run electric to it, we’ll add some lights inside and out.

  4. Who knew it was possible for a garage to be sexy???

    1. Right?!

  5. dude, your new courtyard is pretty baller.

    1. Hahaha! Love it. I’m still a little jealous of yours though 🙂

  6. Looks great. How about some inside pictures of the garage?

    1. Thanks! I’ll grab a shot of the inside for the next post. It’s nothing special in there right now.

  7. Congratulations! It looks amazing. Definitely worth it!

    1. Thanks, Ann!

  8. I never knew I could fall in love with a garage, but I just did. Ho-ly sexiness….

    1. Right?!?!

  9. Seriously gorgeous. Aaron deserves some kind of extra special reward. Not that you don’t, too, but I can tell he put his heart into this project. Kudos, kiddos. I actually especially love the bump out, and how it tucks into the utility pole. And that steel is really gorgeous up close! I’m so happy for you guys!

    1. Like an ipe garage merit badge?! I love it 🙂

  10. Any chance you could share a budget breakdown for the fencing and garage project? We’re thinking about doing the same in our yard. Also, where did you source the red rusted metal sheets?

    1. Hi Courtney – We don’t have a budget breakdown to share for this project, mostly because it took place over the course of a year and we didn’t keep good track. Sorry!

  11. I don’t see a garage door. What opens and closes to let the cars in?

    1. Sorry about that! You can see the alley side in this post: http://afirepoleinthediningroom.com/2014/05/14/ive-never-knew-i-could-be-so-happy-about-garage-doors/
      I’ll have an update on that side this week.

  12. Look amazing!

    1. Thank you!

  13. By far the loveliest garage I’ve ever seen. Nice job!

    1. Thanks, Erin!

  14. It came across in an article and to my surprise I was delighted to be able to followed up on this project. It’s my hope that I run across what youv’e completed inside the statio , I remember that you wanted to keep the bathroom with all the old fixture. I also try to look up your studio that day but I’m sure if I found it or not. I’m interested I developing color in a non toxic solution, make be you can share your ideas on that at least until I able to get a digtal camera. I wish you and your family the best with your plans for the station. Wow! What a great find..

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  16. WOW! I’m in LOVE with this project. You guys should be so proud! This is phenomenal!

    1. Thanks, Erin!

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